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Learning Resources

Activities summary

This resource provides teachers with 10 activities across the three strands of VELS – Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning. Use the VELS Curriculum Mapping pages below to explore the strands and dimensions covered by each individual activity.

Each activity addresses learning outcomes from VELS and comprises detailed Teacher Notes and downloadable Student Worksheets. The Teacher Notes also refer to additional resources.

Each activity is designed around a specific gallery at the National Sports Museum. Students are asked to do some work prior to their visit to the Museum, and to follow up with post-visit tasks utilising their learning from the Museum galleries.

Teachers can use the activities in a range of ways: as stand-alone units of work, as integrated thematic units, integrated VELS units, or by grouping a number of activities to focus on specific galleries at the National Sports Museum to deepen their appreciation of the themes and focus of the Museum.

Level 3 – Year 3/4
What does it mean to be an Olympian?
Faster, Higher, Stronger gallery

Faster, Higher, Stronger - Level 3 (Year 3/4)

Using their visit to the National Sports Museum as a guide, students examine the Olympic oath, write a letter to the Australian Olympic Committee, compare Olympic records, create a training regime for an Olympian, write an inspirational speech for an Olympian and have a class debate about the Olympics.

Level 4 – Year 5/6
The benefits of the Olympic Games
Faster, Higher, Stronger gallery

Faster, Higher, Stronger - Level 4 (Year 5/6)

Students maximise their visit to the National Sports Museum in their study of the Olympics.

They come to an understanding of cultural and national factors as they act as marketing agents in designing and presenting a bid to the International Olympic Committee to host the 2016 Olympics in a country of their choice.

Level 4 – Year 5/6
The Melbourne Cup
Champions Thoroughbred Racing Gallery

Champions Thoroughbred Racing Gallery - Level 4 (Year 5/6)

The Melbourne Cup is a race that stops schools and its significance is worthy of greater investigation. Horseracing isn’t just about horses; there are the jockeys, the trainers, the owners, the fashions, the stories.

This kit examines the history of the Melbourne Cup and examines some of the icons associated with the race that stops a nation.

What makes a great sportsperson?
Spirit of Sport gallery

Spirit of Sport - Level 4 (Year 5/6) 

Students explore the values and achievements of great sportspeople through their visit to the National Sports Museum and through a range of tasks including a class debate, a short inquiry-based research project, working in pairs and class discussion.

Backyard cricket
Backyard to Baggy Green gallery

Backyard to Baggy Green - Level 4 (Year 5/6) 

Exploring their learning from a visit to the National Sports Museum, students develop an understanding of the diversity of people and places around the world through the context of cricket. Students create a range of artworks, graph climate data, organise a backyard cricket game and present ideas about their research question.

The MCG – more than just a cricket ground
The People’s Ground gallery

The People's Ground - Level 4 (Year 5/6) 

Students explore how the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is more than a place to play cricket and football.  Using their visit to the National Sports Museum and, if possible, a tour of the MCG, students engage in a “See, Think, Wonder” activity, create a timeline tracking the important role the MCG has played in the history of Melbourne, and work in groups to design and present their own tour of the MCG for a specific audience.

Triumph through healthy living and sport
Levelling the Playing Field gallery

Levelling the Playing Field - Level 4 (Year 5/6) 

Through this activity and a visit to the National Sports Museum, students develop their awareness and understanding of the importance of healthy living and responsible behaviours in relation to participation in sport. Students create a graffiti wall, engage in class discussion, read and research articles in relation to drugs in sport, and present a persuasive argument on the topic.

Australian football – a great game
Australia’s Game gallery

Australia's Game - Level 5 (Year 7/8) 

Students visit the National Sports Museum to develop an inquiry-based learning project about the people and elements that make Australian football an exciting and distinctive national game. This involves historical research, learning about individuals, group work and internet research.

Cricket: past, present and future
Backyard to Baggy Green gallery

Backyard to Baggy Green - Level 5 (Year 7/8) 

Students conduct a pre-visit inquiry to develop questions about the history of Test cricket and its evolution over time. Exploring their learning from a visit to the National Sports Museum, students conduct further research and present their findings to an audience. They also develop a persuasive text for a sports magazine. As part of this activity students engage in inside-outside circles, work in pairs and use graphic organisers.

Is technology good for the Olympic Games?
Faster, Higher, Stronger gallery

Faster, Higher, Stronger - Level 5 (Year 7/8) 

Students examine the impact of technology on the Olympic Games through class discussion prior to their visit to the National Sports Museum, close observation of the specific gallery items indicated in the activity, and completion and dramatic presentations of research tasks after their visit to the Museum. They also consider two interesting situations: the victory of the barefoot marathon runner and the privileges planned for Australian athletes in Beijing.

Sport and War - Levels 4/5

Sport and War - Levels 4/5

What is means to be an Australian is difficult to define, but sport and war are two strong factors in our national identity. Teachers can use this resource to prepare students to visit the National Sports Museum with a focus on Sport and War.

Bookings are essential for this program.


The curriculum is available as PDF documents. They can be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please click on the links below to download them.

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Their moments in time….Podcasts

We have celebrated their success, they have become our inspiration and we now take you behind the scenes as they share their most defining moments and what these have meant to them personally? 

We will be expanding our podcast library of the "moments that made us" and we encourage your inclusion of them within classroom activities.

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